This week Apple announced two new flagship phones with eSIM support. This has raised many questions on what an eSIM actually is and why it is so important for the industry. Remember that our work is primarily on M2M (Machine to Machine) or IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity rather than consumer mobile but we hope this post will give you more clarity.
The concept of the eSIM is complicated.
A common misconception is that eSIM refers only to embedded SIM hardware - the MFF2 SIM card form factor is shown below.
This isn’t true. eSIM refers to eUICC or embedded UICC. The embedded UICC software can be deployed on embedded SIM hardware like MFF2, or removable plastic SIM cards like 4FF. We don't know the exact embedded hardware that Apple is using for its eSIM support - it could be the standard MFF2, or something even more miniaturized.
With eSIM, …
Programmable Wireless provides global cellular connectivity for your IoT solutions. To help you reach your customers wherever they are located, today we are adding data and SMS connectivity in an additional 57 countries.
We’ve incorporated all these countries into our Quota based pricing models, as well as providing pay-as-you-go data rates. As with our existing countries, all SMS pricing is pay-as-you-go. See the pricing page in our docs for full details. Any SIM that has International Roaming enabled on its Rate Plan will be able to connect in these countries starting today.
The full list of new countries available today:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- French Polynesia
- Oman …